We had the good fortune of connecting with Kathryn Koch and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kathryn, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Consistency is key”. This is something I say to myself often because it can be relevant in so many different situations. Within the context of being a violinist, sometimes it means to do the work even when you’re not quite feeling up to it. Sometimes it’s a suggestion that many smaller daily practice sessions will yield better results than fewer longer weekly sessions. Ultimately, it’s a reminder that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel, just stay dedicated and have a quiet moment with your work as often as you can.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a freelance violinist and I’ve been a professional in the music industry since 2015. I specialize in playing both classical and non-classical music, and have played with groups as diverse as the Atlanta Symphony, the Atlanta Opera, Kygo, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Kishi Bashi, as well as toured the country with husband and our acoustic indie-folk duo, Takénobu. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is that negativity kills creativity, and optimism is paramount!

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love my neighborhood of EAV! If I had a friend visiting I would probably take them to a yoga class at Sacred Thread, take a walk through Brownwood Park, shop at Kaboodle and Bookish, get drinks at Gaja, dinner at OK Yaki, see a show at the Earl, hit up Mary’s for more drinks, dancing, and karaoke, and stop at Argosy for late night snacks and drinks. Then we’d probably do a slow patio brunch at Midway the next day with my dog Benny.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
In my case, it really took a village of people supporting me to get where I am now, but there are 2 people who I want to give a shout-out to.

The first is my late violin teacher and mentor, Yehonatan Berick, who taught from a place of kindness and would spend an equal time addressing the mental and emotional aspects of playing an instrument as on the technical, which was an invaluable thing for me to learn in order to become a more centered musician.

The second is my wonderful husband, Nick Ogawa, also known by his musical moniker Takénobu, who helped me navigate the uncomfortableness of breaking the mold and who I’m so happy to have by my side on this journey.

Image Credits
Ang Santoro, Steve West, Dave Adamson

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